Author Topic: Knowitall's Phillipines, 'Nam & Thailand Trip with splashes of AMM, DXB & HKG  (Read 5905 times)

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How'd you pull off a 25 hr connection? And I see in this current trip your HKG connection is 26+!
Is it simply just arranging the flights with the agent in a way that the next available flight for your "schedule" is that specific one (26hrs later)?

Great trip report, looking forward to the rest (and better pictures ;) )
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Next available flight is not a factor in routing rules.
My connection in HKG on this trip was about 14 hours

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I've been getting some complaints about the previous author so I'll re-write a little.
Also how we booked is important for those planning a trip.

The first thing we noticed in Phillipines is that nobody wears shoes.
Everybody is wearing flip-flops and is extremely fit.
And they all look half their age. Maybe it's because they don't eat anything.


There is no Chabad in El Nido so we spent our first shabbos in Manila.
Manila is very hot and humid and overall very run-down so we only spent 3 days there.
In Manila itself, there's not much to do. The main day trips out are Pinatuba crater lake and Taal volcano lake. We chose Pinatuba crater lake. We booked the tour for around $300 all in. (klagman@filipinotravel.com.ph  trust me, we contacted all the tour agencies and bargained)
It's basically the same price if your 1 person or 4 people.
They picked us up in an SUV with A/C and we drove 2 hours. We then got on a jeep for an hour. There was a typhoon a few weeks before that threw a lot of rocks and boulders around so the jeep wasn't able to go as far as it usually goes. Along the way there were gorgeus views and we saw some little kids with Bulls and cows and other animals. We got off and hiked 2 hours (mostly flat terrain). We were hiking in sneakers but our Filipino rice-farmer-guide and the 2 "government officers" who accompanied us did it in flip-flops! Through steep cliffs, rocks and rivers! (Side point: the rice farmers love when they get a chance to be a tour guide because they usually make 200 peso a day which is $4)
When we finally got to the top, it was all worth it. It was just stunning! Apparently a volcano blew the whole top off the mountain in 1991. Since then it has filled up with a little lake.
It was very quiet up there. We took some pictures, davened, ate lunch and chilled up there for an hour or two. There was one other group that also did the hike that morning. And then did the 2 hour hike back, the jeep and the drive back to Manila. After mosh47 collapsed, I headed out to the Chabad to see if they had any food. The Chabad is located in the rabbis house in a gated community. There was a helper there that put together a couple schnitzel sandwiches.
I found out that the rabbi's wife had a baby the day before but their house was still wide open and they were still making shabbos as usual!
It's worth noting that the local supermarket also had kosher chocolate, Pringles, and some wafers.

On Friday we went to Divisoria market which is a huge, smelly market. I thought it would have some tourist stuff like in thailand but it was just a ton of junk for locals.
We then went to the Mall of Asia and got some cheap clothes and souvenirs. And we took a "jeepy" for about 7 cents each!
 
Shabbos was very nice and we met some locals.
There were no shabbos issues as we just hid the key near our apartment and no electric sensors.

On Motzai shabbos we just swam in the pools and enjoyed the sauna. There was also a nice bar on the top floor overlooking the city.
On Sunday morning we got up early to catch our flight to El Nido, which was the highlight of our trip

Some people buy cheap flights to PPS airport which is a 6 hour scenic drive to El Nido.
We wanted to have 5 full days there so we flew direct on a little "airline" called ITI. It left from a hangar in MNL airport. All 40-something people wait in a lounge with some food and drinks.
The tickets range from 4,500 to 8,500 peso each way.
(95-180$) we went during the low season so we got for $95 each way.
http://www.elnidoboutiqueandartcafe.com/TravelCenter.html Is the only way to book.

Pics coming soon!
« Last Edit: November 08, 2015, 12:38:25 PM by knowitall »

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Looking forward, especially since this TR seems to be unique here on DDF.

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Hermolis lamb chops and salmon aboard Cathay Pacific HKG-MNL
The best I ever had in the sky.
pinatuba crater lake

The main pics are on mosh47's camera.
Hopefully he'll post them one of these days:)

Infinity pool in the gramercy residence

The view from the gramercy rooftop bar


Learning in the lounge/business center

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Nothing like Pinotubo! We took the tour from Clark as opposed to Manila (they did drive us back to Manila with our luggage) I think we paid 100$. Pics from there were stunning.

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Nothing like Pinotubo! We took the tour from Clark as opposed to Manila (they did drive us back to Manila with our luggage) I think we paid 100$. Pics from there were stunning.
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Worth every penny. You paid $100 for 2 people? Or each?
Our tour was completely private btw.

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Very informative. I love seeing TRs that originate in TLV. Thanks for posting!

Did you go to to TLV from MNL? If so, how?

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Very informative. I love seeing TRs that originate in TLV. Thanks for posting!

Did you go to to TLV from MNL? If so, how?

TLV-AMM-DXB-HKG-MNL

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TLV-AMM-DXB-HKG-MNL

Right, but I'm assuming he isn't living in MNL.

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Right, but I'm assuming he isn't living in MNL.
Oops. I misread your question. He flew BKK-AMM-TLV on the return.

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Oops. I misread your question. He flew BKK-AMM-TLV on the return.

 ;D Thanks!

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On Sunday morning we got up early to catch our flight to El Nido, which was the highlight of our trip

Is there a TR of that?


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Is there a TR of that?

Id also love to see the rest of the TR. I was actually living on Clark AFB as a child with my family when Mt. Pinatubo erupted and we were evacuated by the military. It was a blast from the past to find this.